Champion Construction Helps Give Family Home Of A Lifetime
A rising fifth-grader, Anaiah is a smart, fun, athletic, straight-A student with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. That dream was threatened earlier this year when Anaiah, then just nine years old, saved her little sister, Camry, by pushing her out of the path of an oncoming truck.
Anaiah was struck herself, leaving her with massive, life-threatening injuries. Undaunted by these injuries, she has endured the amputation of her left leg and grueling rehab to get her body back in shape, so she can continue playing sports, singing in the chorus and working hard at her studies. Happy to have her best friend and 5-year-old sister Camry safe and sound, Anaiah and her family are focused on her getting well and making her stronger than ever, which is a challenge because she is currently wheelchair bound.
Beloved by all who know her, Anaiah has been showered with affection and support by her small town community of Madison, Ga. The town has rallied around this heroine, helping her family however they can. Kids at school have sold “bottle cap” necklaces, community groups have had barbecues and perfect strangers have given Anaiah a helping hand and well wishes.
Her story has been heard “’round the world” as celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Dwight Howard have reached out to her. Despite many challenges, the family is tighter than ever and mom Andrea is grateful that both of the daughters she adores are still here. Although they have few resources, they still retain a positive, upbeat and inspiring attitude.
Andrea, who says her three beautiful daughters are her “whole life,” spends much of her time volunteering at the local Boys & Girls Club. In doing so, she’s able to spend more time with her girls, who are active members in the organization, as well as get to know the kids in her community. Andrea would love to establish programs at the Boys & Girls Club for mothers and mentoring programs for young girls.
The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team had just one week to build a brand new home for Anaiah and her family - one that is safe, secure, ADA-accessible and free of obstacles, where the girls can continue to study hard and pursue their dreams. The family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Walt Disney World, while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney and Xzibit, local builders Pilot Homes and Smart Properties, community volunteers and Champion Construction rebuilt the structure. The project was completed the week of June 20, 2011 and the episode will air Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 8pm ET on ABC.
Champion Construction has been providing insurance restoration services in the Sharpsburg marketplace since 1970 and has been a DKI Member since 2007. DKI is the exclusive dry down vendor for Season 9 of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold.
The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now in its 9th season.